WITHOUT FEAR, the third in the Martha Beale series, exposes the
iconoclastic heroine to the grandiose – albeit sinister - realm
of the former Comte de Survilliers, Joseph Bonaparte, at his
estate Point Breeze on the Delaware River while also drawing her
into the dangerous world of Philadelphia’s textile workers. The
time is March, 1843; the city (“the Athens of America”) is a
place divided between the heights of culture and sophistication,
as epitomized by the Bonaparte family; and the depths of squalor
experienced by the mill hands and other common laborers.
When a headless corpse is discovered at Point Breeze, Martha is
drawn into a shadowy world of mistaken identities and thwarted
desires that transcend social class. What appears to be a
solitary case of murder soon takes an even darker turn as
complex clues implicate rich and poor alike.